I don't think if our own local zoo here in Milwaukee had so many I would have paid much attention. But being able to start our collection with that many Mold-A-Ramas so easily kind of got us hooked. Getting all ten figures at the Henry Ford Museum when we were visiting Detroit was a great deal of fun. Getting only two at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago was less exciting, but satisfying in a different way. This weekend we finally hit the last of the big bonanza locations for Mold-A-Rama collectors: The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. (Which my GPS had never heard of, but since we had my husband along it didn't matter because he can find anything.)
In the meantime we made quite a haul! All the machines were working, and we managed to collect all thirteen over the course of our four hour visit. (Supposedly our zoo has additional molds as well, but, aside from a few dinosaurs that were used during the traveling Dinosaurs Alive exhibit a few years back, we don't know what they are or on what occasions they get used. But we're keeping an eye out!)
Most of the Mold-A-Ramas were new for us. We now have doubles of the alligator and kangaroo, and our we're up to three waving gorillas in our collection, but the eagle is new, as are the grizzly, penguin, dolphin, stegosaurus, T-rex, apatosaurus, and the three Halloween heads.
|New additions to the family collection. (We're up to 38!)|
|Mona picked up an apatosaurus for her personal collection|
|Quinn couldn't resist getting an eagle|
The highlights were the primate exhibit and the dolphins. The primate house was the best I've ever seen. Very large rooms with tall, artificial trees and no glass or mesh between the visitors or the different groups of animals. It's all cleverly spaced so it looks as if, for instance, the tamarins and the gibbons are in the same environment, but then you realize the gaps between their areas are too large for them to traverse. (Though how one keeps a gibbon out of anywhere is beyond me.) There were three such enormous rooms, the final one with gorillas where you could walk up and around their whole space to observe them. There was an underwater viewing area for watching the dolphins be dolphins. Mona was thrilled, saying she'd never seen a live dolphin before. I keep thinking that can't be right, and yet, it's probably true.
In any case, the Mold-A-Rama hunts will continue, but the thrill will now come in procuring the obscure rather than the windfall. Once we have exhausted the possibilities in nearby Chicago we will start planning treks a bit farther afield. Can't wait!